James Atkinson

Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

James has been a Foundation Governor since 2013 he’s on the Resources Committee and Standards & Effectiveness Committee. He is an Electrical Power Engineer and has worked on power systems in UK and overseas, in countries such as Zambia, Sri Lanka, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He had management experience with BAE before retiring to enjoy a number of exciting challenges. Since then he has commissioned a hydroelectric power station in Central Africa near the source of the Zambezi, bringing power to a mission hospital and rural villages in Zambia. James is married to Ruth and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He is an active member of St Matthew’s Church PCC with responsibilities for building refurbishment and development. With Ruth they help run Messy Church and a Job Club at St Matthew’s Mission, The Acregate Centre. James thinks the children at St Matthew’s are fantastic and is passionate to help the staff make St Matthew’s a TRULY AMAZING school.

Jane Smith

Vice-Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

I have been a governor for just over a year and feel I'm still getting to grips with the role. What I do know however is that I find St Matthew's school to be a friendly place and I love the commitment that everyone has to providing the best possible education for each child in the school. I have lived in Preston for 18 years, having moved up to the north west from the East End of London. I currently work in the Civil Service but have just started a course on teaching English to speakers of other languages so, who knows, a career change might be happening soon!

Peter Nunn

Foundation Governor

Peter became the Vicar of St Matthew's Church and a school governor in 2008. During his time at St Matthew's he led school Worship each week. He retired as Vicar in 2017 but has continued as a governor. He says that he now misses seeing the children as he used to, but still loves coming into school regularly to see the progress they are making. Peter has 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren to keep him busy.

Colin Addison

Foundation Governor

Colin was a manager with Littlewoods Home Shopping before he retired and is an active member of St Matthew’s Church as part of the finance team. He has been a Cub Scout leader for over 20 years. He is very proud of all the staff at St Matthew's school who are always professional in their work and enable the children to achieve their potential.

Rev Alistair McHaffie

Foundation Governor

Alistair began his ministry at St Matthew's in April 2018 following 15 years at a church in Leyland where he had been a governor at a local community school. Prior to that he also served as a vicar in the Falkland Islands. Before he was ordained, Alistair was an army medic for 12 years and then a representative for a pharmaceutical company. Alistair leads school Worship at St Matthew's most weeks. He has 3 grown up children.

Nancy Talbot

Foundation Governor

Nancy has been a governor for many years. She is a member of St Matthew's Church and does a lot of voluntary work in and for the local community on behalf of the church and is involved with many church-school links. She was the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer and continues as the lead governor for safeguarding in school.

Kayley Downs

Parent Governor

Halima Master

Parent Governor

Tahir Hussain

Local Authority Appointed Governor

I am Tahir Hussain and I started on the Governing Body in 2014 as a Local Authority Governor. I am born and bred in Preston and actually attended St. Matthews school as a child. I graduated from University of Central Lancashire in 1993 with an engineering degree and have since been working for BAE Systems at Warton. My job as a senior engineer involves a lot of travelling all over Europe. I am married with 3 children and settled in Preston. My favourite football team is Manchester United and my favourite car is a BMW – I have been driving one for nearly 20 years. My aim is to help develop the school to become one of the leading primary schools in Preston.

Julie Copeland

Staff Governor

Mr Mackley


I am an experienced teacher and Headteacher having been in education for 25 years, 14 of which as a Headteacher. I love working in schools and experiencing the joy when children's faces light up when 'the penny drops' and they realise they can do something. I enjoy listening to a wide range of music, travelling, watching motorsports and Leicester Tigers Rugby Union as well as spending precious time with my family.

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